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Ian Smart (Office Managing Partner, National Leadership)

I am very proud to be managing partner of our London offices and a member of the national leadership team. During my stewardship the London practice has grown into a £300m revenue practice by broadening our offerings, investing in new capabilities and providing great solutions to help our clients grow.

However it's another part of my role that brings me the greatest satisfaction - I have the responsibility to create a positive environment for our people. Seeing our people flourish inspires me to ensure we continue to create a working environment that coaches, nurtures and inspires others to be the best they can. This is something that Grant Thornton passionately believes in and I am delighted to be part of it.

Every day is different and a change from my 15 years working in corporate finance, but experience I put to good use when meeting with clients and discussing their growth strategies and connecting them our people. Previously I was chairman of the ICAEWs Corporate Finance Faculty, I am now an  ambassador for the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, which enables me to be hands on helping our future generation.

My wife and two daughters (Milly and Elaine) keep me busy outside of work. We live in Haredpenden with a holiday apartment in Brighton. My other passions include watching football (a long standing season ticket holder at Chelsea FC), running (I've completed one marathon and numerous half marathons), yoga, music (rooted in being a teenager in the 70s), reading, film, art and travel. And in August 2014 I spend two weeks with Milly doing voluntary work in Tanzania, which was a truly amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone.

Qualifications:

  • FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England)
  • CF (ICAEW Corporate Finance Qualification)
 

Contact Details >

Ian Smart

Office:
London, Euston, London, Finsbury Square

Telephone:
+44 (0)20 7728 2465

Email:
ian.v.smart@uk.gt.com